THE PITS; PITBULL FIGHT RING EXPOSED Film shows devil dogs in death fight 15 sick clubs across North GAA star admits his role.Byline: By JILLY BEATTIE
THESE are the sickening scenes of pitbull fights exposed by an undercover reporter.
A lengthy probe by BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. journalist Mandy McAuley has revealed that Tyrone GAA
The Tyrone County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Tír Eoghain star Gerard Cavlan Gerard Cavlan is a Tyrone Gaelic footballer. He is one of the veterans of the team, surviving from the mid-1990s, along with Brian Dooher. He was part of the teams that won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 2003. is a ringleader ring·lead·er
A person who leads others, especially in illicit or informal activities.
a person who leads others in illegal or mischievous actions
Noun 1. in one of North's dog-baiting gangs.
Miss McAuley also infiltrated another group in Tandragee, Co Armagh, and came face-to-face with the leader of the ruthless Farmers Boys gang.
The programme, screened tonight at 9pm, shows how Miss McAuley followed the gang's trail to Finland where she uncovered an international dog-fighting ring.
For the first time on film, the Spotlight Special will show the horrific reality behind the blood sport.
At least 15 gangs operate in the North - five in Belfast alone - and some have overseas links.
Cavlan was fined in court in April this year after pleading guilty to possession of an illegal dog.
At the time, his barrister said the footballer had no involvement with other illegal activities.
However, the Spotlight team obtained evidence Cavlan is heavily involved as joint owner of dog-fighting gang The Bulldog bulldog, breed of thick-set nonsporting dog developed in the British Isles many centuries ago. It stands from 13 to 15 in. (33–38.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 40 to 50 lb (18.1–22.7 kg). Sanctuary Kennels.
After being raided by the USPCA USPCA United States Personal Chef Association
USPCA United States Police Canine Association
USPCA Ulster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , Cavlan admitted while being secretly filmed that he was still keeping fighting dogs, saying: "I still have a dozen or 15 dogs, like."
And when explaining a pitbull's strength, Cavlan added: "Sure he had him in the chest, and he shook him for 25 minutes. A real hard-mouthed dog."
The Spotlight team also met leading breeder and exporter Robert Gonzales in Finland who explained how easily pitbulls can be exported.
When asked if he claimed the dog was a pitbull on the animal's passport, Gonzales said: "I've imported a lot of dogs so I know how to fool customs. All you need is a computer and a printer."
VICIOUS Two pitbulls locked in a death grip Death Grip refers to a technique used in mountain biking whereby the rider avoids covering the brake levers. It is most often used by dirt jumpers (most especially those new to the discipline), when approaching a new, bigger, jump than they're used to, but are fairly sure they can in an underground den; DOGGED: Reporter Mandy; PROBE: Cavlan